In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a paralyzed person. He shows his mercy and love to all people who are afflicted in some way. He shows us how simple it is to pray for one another and to ask for God’s healing help in our lives and in the lives of all people in our world.
Our current Pope, Pope Francis reminds us to live out these same virtues of life giving unity that Jesus lived out.
In a special way today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, a Canadian saint who died in 1700. She is also the patron of our own St. Marguerite school here in the Regina Catholic School Division.
St Marguerite followed Jesus’ path of unity and hospitality in her work.
Sister Marguerite set out to teach. When she found children hard to reach, she founded safe Christian places for them. She spread God's word and in Montreal she made great community changes. God bless her in her sacrifices for others.
Now, think about what it took 300 years ago to build a school in the 1700's with little help and next to no money, just determination, a vision, and a strong belief in God. Think of the difference she made in the lives of those children. How could her example of service help us today bring people together?
Let us pray:
Help us to remember those who came before us
and carved the path of Christian education for us.
Give us imagination and courage to build up
our schools and churches together in unity and love.
Make our lives an inclusive witness to your love for us
and for the whole creation.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Arm in arm with St. Marguerite we move courageously into our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.